Faculty News

Congratulations to the Tax Moot Court Team!

Congratulations to Brandeis School of Law students Ahmed Safeeulah and Laurie Beth McTighe on their stellar performance at the Florida Bar Tax Section Moot Court Competition. They went 1-1 after the first day, with their loss coming to the fourth place finisher, to advance to the second day. On the second day, they narrowly lost to the University of Florida, last year's runner-up and one of the top tax programs in the nation. They received rave reviews on their performance from both competitors and coaches.

 

Tax Team

Law School Alumnus, Randal Seago, Remembered

Randal K. Seago, 56, died at his residence Jan. 29, 2013. Mr. Seago received his bachelor's degree from Davidson College in 1979, and received his JD in 1985 from the Brandeis School of Law. He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar Association in 1988, the same year that he began his affiliation with the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Seago earned a reputation as an attorney wholly devoted to and passionate about defending the rights of his clients. Mr. Seago was also a member of American Association for Justice. He has been involved in many high-profile cases in his career, including appellate work that resulted in a significant interpretation of the law in favor of his clients, and was recognized as one of the leading trial attorneys in Western North Carolina. He developed a passion for defending people accused of capital murder, and was a featured speaker last year at the annual seminar devoted to those dedicated to saving people from the death penalty. Despite sometimes incredible odds, he never had a client sentenced to death. Mr. Seago also broke new legal ground in the early 1990s with the use of DNA testing to prove paternity to allow the rightful heir to inherit. He was universally respected in the legal community, and mentored countless younger attorneys how they could learn to be zealous, yet ethical, advocates.

Click here for more information about the funeral arrangements. 

Legal Writing Prof Blog is Fans Favorite

With a whopping 101 votes, the Legal Writing Prof blog, for which UofL Law Professor Judith Fischer is contributing editor, won the ABA Journal Fan Favorites poll of top legal blogs.

 

Professor Fischer is a frequent presenter on professionalism in legal writing. She often shares her expertise about legal writing in articles such as "Is It Good or Bad to Repeat Words?" which was published in the January 2013 issue of Kentucky Bench & Bar Magazine.

 

Congratulations Professor Fischer.

How to Connect from Home

Some of the library's electronic journals and databases are restricted to campus use only. However, many of the law school's digital collections and the University of Louisville Libraries' resources may be accessed remotely from your home computer or mobile device.

Visit the library's website and click "Connect from Home". On the next page, enter your ULink ID and password. Contact a librarian if you’d like assistance.

For more tips like these, visit the Law Library News for Faculty Archives

Tori Murden McClure, '95 honored by Center for Women and Families

On February 13, 2013, The Center for Women and Families will honor five “Women of Distinction” at its 26th anniversary Celebration of Service & Survival.

One of this year's honorees is our own alumna, Tori Murden McClure, '95, president of Spalding University. She will be honored as a long-term role model for women and girls in Kentuckiana. Previously, she served as director of the Women’s Center of Volunteers of America, a residential center for homeless women. At Spalding, she supports scholarships for women who are underprivileged and marginalized.

Murden McClure was honored by Brandeis School of Law in 2011 as a Distinguished Alumna at the Annual Brandeis School of Law Alumni Awards Banquet.

 

Professor Shelley Santry, who was this year's recipient of the Mary K Bonsteel Tachau Award, received the same honor in from the Center for Women and Families in 2011.

 

For information or reservations for this years event, please call 502-581-7207.

Sharing, With Sadness, the Passing of Lee Ann Webb, '97 Law Grad

It is with sadness that we share the news of the death of Brandeis School of Law alumna, Lee Ann Webb.

Webb, the wife of Frank Nussbaum, passed away on Wednesday, January 23,2013.

 

Born in Lexington March 14, 1969, Lee graduated from Henry Clay High in 1987 and attended Oberlin College. In 1990 she attended the School of International Training and spent a semester in Ecuador where she developed a deep appreciation for Latin American culture. She received BA's in Spanish and in Latin American Studies from UK and earned her JD from the U of L Law School, where she was Outstanding Woman Law Graduate in 1997.

Upon graduation, she clerked for KY Supreme Court Justice Janet Stumbo. She became an attorney at Stoll Keenon Ogden in Louisville in 2000. Fluent in Spanish, Lee performed pro bono work in both Spanish and English for refugees and recent immigrants and founded the Latino Legal Clinic of Louisville. She was on the Board of the National Society of Hispanic MBA's and on the board of the Hispanic Latino Coalition and of the Hispanic Latino Business Council. She was an early member of The Women's Network, Advocates for Democratic Principles. She was a participant in the Leadership Louisville-2012.  (Source: Courier-Journal)

 

You may read her obituary from the Courier-Journal

UofL Law ABA Arbitration Team Competes in Nationals

 

Brandeis School of Law ABA Arbitration team, Brad Johnson, Darick Crumbly, Derek Miles, and Emily Harris, competed in the ABA National Arbitration Competition on January 25, 2013.

As regional finalists in the Illinois Region ABA Arbitration Competition they were one of only ten teams, out of sixty-two teams nationwide, in the national-level competition.

They competed in front of nine arbitrators, and the written comments of one of those arbitrators best sums up their performance. He stated that the team, “did an excellent job on all aspects of [the] case.” Their coach, Professor Ariana Levinson, is most proud of the team’s professional and ethical presentation. The team received complements repeatedly from the other team members, coaches, and judges on their professionalism and courtesy. They would also like to thank their facilitator, Courtney Pawley, for all her hard work, and Mark Gray and Matt White of Gray and White Law and Grover Potts of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP for the financial support that made their trip possible.

University of Louisville Law Review Receives National "Best Practices" Recognition

The University of Louisville Law Review recently earned national recognition for innovation and best practices in editing and will be recognized at this year's National Conference of Law Reviews (NCLR). NCLR is recognizing the Law Review's Editing Submission Sheet (ESS), a standardized editing form created by this year's Editorial Board, for its effectiveness in streamlining the editing process. This March, the Editor in Chief will present an overview of the ESS at the NCLR's Best Practices Session in Lansing, Michigan, and a writeup about the ESS will be featured in the 2013 Best Practices Manual, which NCLR will distribute to hundreds of law journals throughout the country. Congratulations to the Editorial Board and Staff of the University of Louisville Law Review for this accomplishment. 

Sonia Sotomayer to speak

Sonia Sotomayer will be speaking from the 92 Street Y in NYC on Tuesday Feb 5, 2013.  The program begins at 8:00 P.M.

This a live program and will be carried in Louisville, and is open to all at no charge.

The location:

Congregation Adath Jeshurun
2401 Woodbourne Ave.
Louisville, KY 40205

Howard Fineman to Speak at Law School Graduation

Howard Fineman, '80, has agreed to be the Brandeis School of Law 2013 graduation speaker. He is a huge University of Louisville fan and recently wrote an article about UofL joining the ACC.

Howard Fineman is Editorial Director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, the leadership team bringing the HuffPost's unique blend of news, commentary and reader engagement to all AOL content sites and 250 million users worldwide. He continues to report and write on politics for the Huffington Post main site.

A long time political reporter and commentator, Fineman serves as an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He is a regular on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" and "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell." He also appears on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," "Morning Joe," NBC's "Today Show" and the weekend NBC-syndicated "Chris Matthews Show."

Fineman joined The Huffington Post in October 2010 after many years as a reporter, columnist, editor and Deputy Washington Bureau Chief at Newsweek Magazine. When HuffPost was acquired by AOL in March 2011, Fineman was named Editorial Director of the new media group by Huffington Post founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington.

The author of scores of Newsweek cover stories and a Newsweek column called "Living Politics," Fineman's work also has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Republic. He has interviewed every major presidential candidate since 1985 as well as business and entertainment leaders and has appeared on most major news and commentary shows.

His book, The Thirteen American Arguments, was published by Random House in 2008 and was a national best seller. The paperback edition of the book, published in 2009, went to new printings in 2010 and is available in major bookstores or on Amazon.com. He is the winner of numerous awards, including the Alumni Award from his professional alma mater, the Columbia Journalism School; an American Bar Association "Silver Gavel" Award; a New York Press Association "Headliner's Award; and Fineman's work helped Newsweek win three National Magazine Awards. In May 2011 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by Colgate University, his college alma mater.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colgate, Fineman earned an M.S from Columbia and a J.D. law degree from the University of Louisville in 1980 during his years as a reporter with The Courier-Journal in Kentucky. He won a Watson Traveling Fellowship while at Colgate and a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship at Columbia.